Heinz von Heiden Arena
HAMBURG STAY TOP
Five wins in a row for Hamburg to open up a three-point lead at the top of the table. Hannover's six-match unbeaten run is over.
WE HAVE A WINNER!
Königsdörffer runs through on goal, brushes off the back-tracking shirts and finishes with aplomb. What determination - what a goal! Hamburg are going to win it!
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
13 times under pressure
Kittel put in a decent shift, but clear-cut chances have been at a premium. Königsdörffer is on for the Red Shorts. Weydandt - more of a target man - also enters the fray for Hannover.
Kittel wriggles free in the Hannover area. He's on the run as he connects with the bouncing ball - it takes a deflection, and Zieler does well to block with his knees at the near post.
Jatta shows great control as he receives a long ball out to the right. The cross finds Benes, who sends a looping header over.
HAMBURG IN CHARGE
Hannover have created very little since the restart. Teuchert's been feeding on scraps. Can Kerk unpick the HSV lock?
ON WE GO
We're under way again in Hanover!
HALF-TIME: HANNOVER 1-1 HAMBURG
Great entertainment at the HDI-Arena. Hamburg fell behind to an early Muroya goal, but hit back in the 15th minute through a Börner own goal. Since then, they've carried the greater threat.
Kittel shoves Nielsen following a challenge he wasn't involved in. Silly, but deserved booking.
GOAL IN PADERBORN!
Darmstadt now lead 2-1. As things stand, they're up to second - a point behind HSV.
HAMBURG ASKING QUESTIONS
Glatzel gets the ball back in the Hannover box after initially failing to direct a Kittel cross on goal. He shifts into a shooting position and has Zieler at full stretch with a low shot bound for the bottom corner. From the resultant corner, Muheim smashes a fierce effort wide from the edge of the D. The Hamburg defender had time to pick his spot - he's kicking himself for not hitting the target.
Hamburg open the Hannover defence with a diagonal ball from left to right. Jatta collects down by the byline, but his cross is headed clear. Meffert sends the loose ball over with a shot from range.
Moments after Vuskovic escapes with a talking to for a tangle with Teuchert, Börner thunders into Jatta. Players have been sent off for that kind of challenge, but he gets away with a caution.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
WORTH A POP!
Nothing from a Hannover attacking perspective, but HSV almost punish the hosts on the counter. There are four blue shirts in the box as the ball's cut back to Meffert, whose 20-yard strike forces Zieler into a routine diving save.
The Japan international skips into the Hamburg box, before drilling a shot in at Heuer Fernandes' near post. The goalkeeper can only shovel it behind, but the ensuing corner comes to nothing.
Benes goes into the book for a foul on Tresoldi. That's two HSV players on yellow cards now...
Fastest runner (km/h)
Derrick Köhn Bakery Jatta
Derrick Köhn Miro Muheim
HSV are causing Hannover problems with Heyer and Jatta on the right. Another inviting cross comes over - Kittel tries to guide it back across goal, but Glatzel can't get there.
MISTAKES THE DIFFERENCE SO FAR
OVER IN PADERBORN...
... Darmstadt have equalised through Braydon Manu. There must be something in the air...
Hamburg hit back at the HDI-Arena. Heyer asks the question with a teasing low cross from the right. Börner knows he has has Glatzel behind him, but only succeeds in poking the ball past his own goalkeeper in his attempt to steer the ball to safety.
Kittel pounces on a mistake in the Hannover defence. He drives into the box, before stinging the palms of Zieler.
Vuskovic picks up the game's first booking after going into the back of Teuchert. That could hamstring him in the one-on-ones for the remainder. HSV look rattled.
Kunze's on the deck receiving treatment after an aerial clash with Benes. He looks dazed to say the least.
WHAT A START!
Hannover are gifted the opening goal. Muheim slips as he receives a pass from Heuer Fernandes. Muroya is on it in a flash, bursting into the box before squeezing a finish beyond the back-tracking keeper.
There's another huge game going on in Paderborn. They're up against Darmstadt in a match between second and third. We'll keep you posted on that one.
The ball's rolling, with Hannover in red and HSV in their change blue strip.
A total of 49,200 fans are in attendance at the HDI-Arena. Incredible to think it's a second tier game!
THE FORM TEAM
Hannover have won five of their last six, and are unbeaten at home this season (W2, D2). They're currently just two points outside the automatic promotion places.
BUNDESLIGA MEMORIES, BUNDESLIGA GOALS
HSV were relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in 2017/18. Hannover finished 13th in the top tier that season, before falling through the trap door a year later.
MORE ON THOSE TEAMS
Nico Tresoldi and Enzo Leopold start for the Reds, with Max Besuschkow and Louis Schaub dropping to the bench. As for the Red Shorts - confusing, ey? - Miro Muheim is preferred to Tim Leibold at left-back, while Sonny Kittel replaces the injured Jean-Luc Dompe in attack.
HANNOVER STARTING LINE-UP
Zieler (c) - Neumann, Börner, Kranjnc - Muroya, Köhn, Leopold, Kunze, Tresoldi - Nielsen, Teuchert
Weinkauf, Arrey-Mbi, Dehm, Besuschkow, Foti, Kerk, Schaub, Stolze, Weydandt
HSV STARTING LINE-UP
Heuer Fernandes – Heyer, Vuskovic, Schonlau (c), Muheim – Meffert, Reis, Benes – Jatta, Glatzel, Kittel
Raab, David, Leibold, Mikelbrencis, Amaechi, Bilbija, Krahn, Suhonen, Königsdörffer
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As for the visitors, Jean-Luc Dompe is absent with an ankle injury, but Sonny Kittel and Ransford-Yeboah Königsdörffer should return from injury. Robert Glatzel will lead the line, looking to add to his joint league-leading six goals.
Havard Nielsen's decision to follow head coach Stefan Leitl to the club from relegated Greuther Fürth is shaping up to be a good one, with the Norwegian hitting a club best five so far in 2022/23. Leitl must decide who out of Louis Schaub, Hoffenheim loanee Maximilian Beier and Cedric Teuchert partner Nielsen in attack. Sebastian Ernst and Tim Walbrecht miss out through injury.
IS THIS HSV'S YEAR?
Hamburg have made a flying start to the campaign, picking up seven wins from nine games thus far to open up a two-point gap at the top. It's got HSV fans thinking this could be the year they finally return to the top-flight but, such is life in the hotly-contested world of Bundesliga 2, defeat to Hannover could see them drop third by the end of the weekend.
A very warm welcome to our live coverage of Hannover vs. Hamburg, that gets a busy weekend of German football back underway following the international break. Kick-off will take place at (6.30pm CEST), with team news dropping approximately an hour prior to that so set those alarms now!